Le Marche is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled regions of Italy located between the Adriatic coast and the Apennine Mountains. The area is often overlooked by tourists but it has lots to offer including spectacular sceneries and charming towns. Here are some tips on visiting Le Marche region in order not to miss anything.
- Hilltop towns. The region’s hilltop towns have rich history, numerous monuments and churches and are rarely overcrowded. One of the most notable of them is Cingoli located on the edge of the provinces of Macerata and Anconi. The town is also known as the “Balcony of Le Marche” for its spectacular views. Another town you should not miss is Loreto. It is striking place which is also a pilgrimage site second only to Lourdes in France. Also worth visiting is well preserved medieval town of Fermo which is a home to an amazing 13 th century fortress.
- Beaches. Situated along the Adriatic Coast, Le Marche region offers some amazing beaches. Over 20 of them are recognized as blue flag beaches indicating that they have met standards established by the Foundation for Environmental Education including cleanliness and safety. The region boasts sandy and pebble-stoned beaches located near towns.
- Nature. The area offers spectacular landscapes. The National Park of the Sibillini Mountains which continues into Umbria boasts incredible views as well as fascinating wildlife. In addition to the different hiking trails in the National Park, activities such as horse riding and mountain biking are also possible. Also worth visiting is the Conero Natural Park with its rugged coast. Although the hike is challenging, you will be rewarded with stunningly breathtaking views.
- Castles. While there are plenty of castles dotting the landscape, the most spectacular is the fairy-tale like Gradara castle perched on a hilltop 465 feet high. Built between the 11th and 14th century, it had seen contentions between various families and is known as a symbol for lovers thanks to the poet Dante. In his poem the Divine Comedy, he recounts the tragic love affair which took place at this castle.